[ nooz, nyooz ]
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noun(usually used with a singular verb)
  1. a report of a recent event; intelligence; information: His family has had no news of his whereabouts for months.

  2. the presentation of a report on recent or new events in a newspaper or other periodical or on radio or television.

  1. such reports taken collectively; information reported: There's good news tonight.

  2. a person, thing, or event considered as a choice subject for journalistic treatment; newsworthy material.: Compare copy (def. 5).

Origin of news

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English newis, plural of newe “new thing, novelty”; modeled on Middle French noveles (plural of novele ), or Medieval Latin nova (plural of novum ); see new, novel2

Other words from news

  • newsless, adjective
  • news·less·ness, noun

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How to use news in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for news


/ (njuːz) /

noun(functioning as singular)
  1. current events; important or interesting recent happenings

  2. information about such events, as in the mass media

    • the news a presentation, such as a radio broadcast, of information of this type: the news is at six

    • (in combination): a newscaster

  1. interesting or important information not previously known or realized: it's news to me

  2. a person, fashion, etc, widely reported in the mass media: she is no longer news in the film world

Origin of news

C15: from Middle English newes, plural of newe new (adj) on model of Old French noveles or Medieval Latin nova new things

Derived forms of news

  • newsless, adjective

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with news


see bad news; break the news; no news is good news.

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